Update: You can watch Sen. Rand Paul's speech on Youtube. Video is embedded below.
The full text of Sen. Rand Paul's response to the president's State of the Union address is now available—in advance of him actually giving the speech. Here it is, via Breitbart:
Good evening. I wish I had better news for you, but… All is not well in America. America is adrift. Something is clearly wrong.
America needs many things, but what America desperately needs is new leadership.
I've only been in office a short time, but one thing I've discovered is that there is no monopoly on knowledge in Washington.
The best thing that could happen is for us—to once and for all—limit the terms of all politicians. We already limit the President to two terms.
I think we should put limits on the terms of Congress and infuse our government with fresh ideas.
Before I ran for office, I practiced medicine for nearly 20 years in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Liberal elites fly over my small town, but they don't understand us. They simply seek to impose their will upon us—from what insurance we can buy, to what light bulbs we can use, to how we generate electricity.
Most of us in flyover country, and I suspect many who live in our big cities, think those in government take us for granted. Those of us who are actively pursuing the American Dream simply want government to get out of our way.
For those of us who feel separated and distant from the American Dream, we don't want be perpetually talked down to, forgotten, and left in perpetual poverty. Many are discouraged that the "gifts" offered by liberals have not generated wealth, but rather perpetuated poverty.
People want a way out—not fake concern and baubles.
The war on poverty is 50 years old, and still black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment.
Go to Breitbart to read the rest.